13 killed as bus falls into gorge in Kash­mir

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Srinagar, In­dia - Thir­teen peo­ple were killed on Satur­day when a pas­sen­ger bus fell 70m down a gorge in Jammu and Kash­mir, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred as the bus car­ry­ing 26 pas­sen­gers was ne­go­ti­at­ing a sharp turn on a nar­row road in the moun­tains of Poonch, some 200km south of Srinagar, the state’s cap­i­tal, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Ra­jiv Pandey said.

“Thir­teen died in the acci- dent and the rest were in­jured,” Pandey said, ad­ding three crit­i­cally in­jured pas­sen­gers were evac­u­ated by air to a hos­pi­tal in the city of Jammu.

Care­less driv­ing and bad, nar­row and wind­ing roads in the moun­tain­ous ter­ri­tory cause fre­quent ac­ci­dents with pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles of­ten slip­ping into deep gorges.

In In­dia an av­er­age of 150,000 peo­ple die in road ac­ci­dents each year.

(AFP)

Peo­ple gather at the ac­ci­dent scene where a bus fell into a gorge in Poonch, in Jammu and Kash­mir on Satur­day

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